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What does it look like to work with you?
Our first session is an assessment of your relationship with food, as well as your medical and nutritional history. After that, we set goals together and collaborate on how to best meet them. Our approach is a mixture of nutrition education and counseling, which is highly individualized. You are the expert on your body and you know your food challenges better than anyone else, so we typically let you set the agenda of what is important for you to address in session. We may also make recommendations based on your medical and nutritional needs and provide space to answer your questions and discuss/process any recommendations.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. Dietitians are required to complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program. In 2024, a master’s degree will be required. In addition, they must complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice, which is about 1200 hours as a dietetic intern. Then, dietitians must pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam to obtain the RD credential. Continuing education must be completed to maintain the credential and many states require state-specific licensure to practice. “Nutritionist” is not a regulated term, so anyone, regardless of training or education can call themselves a “nutritionist”.
Do dietitians know about eating disorders?
Unfortunately, during our undergraduate education, we get very little training on eating disorders. Not all dietitians are eating disorder-informed. Some dietitians take more extensive training and get more education than others, but this is not a part of the standard undergraduate curriculum in nutrition and dietetics. Always look for someone with eating disorder experience and who is a weight-neutral provider. Anna Marie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, so she has completed extensive training and supervision specifically in the nutrition treatment and prevention of eating disorders.
Do you talk about God or faith in sessions?
Only if you bring it up first. We believe that faith can be an important part of recovery, and are willing to integrate that if it is something that you would like to do. We also understand that people come from different backgrounds, so we don’t bring it up unless you do. If you'd prefer faith-based counseling, let us know when you fill out the new client form.
Will my health insurance cover Registered Dietitian services?
It depends on your plan. Anna Marie is in-network provider with BCBS, Cigna, and am pending network participation with other commercial insurance providers. Click the contact button and I can send you information to call your insurance plan and inquire about your specific benefits.
What forms of payment does Anna Marie Long Nutrition take?
Payment is due at the time of our session. All major credit/debit cards/cash are accepted. Payments are processed through Stripe.
You don’t take my insurance, but your full fee isn’t accessible for me. What should I do?
Please use the contact page and reach out! We have reduced rate spots available on an as needed basis. We also use a company called SuperBill that can help you get out-of-network insurance reimbursement. Let’s chat more. Finances should not be the reason you don’t get the services you need.
What is your cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be completed 24 hours in advance. Failure to cancel within 24 hours will still require full payment for the cost of the scheduled appointment. If you are using insurance, this is the full “allowed amount” that insurance would pay. However, we do understand that emergencies happen and I will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.